Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000

The Bayside Historical Society

Friday, Jan. 21, 2000

Apt. manager shot to death in Little Neck

Little Neck apartment complex early Friday morning Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000

Cardozo girls take sixth at tourney

The Cardozo girls basketball team took sixth place at the Monsignor King tournament in Brooklyn, which took place from Friday through Monday. The Judges fell to John Jay, 55-48 in the fifth-place game Monday afternoon. Shavonne Roundtree had 17 points for Cardozo (13-6) while Sharon Billips paced John Jay (11-6) with 26 points and Katiana Wright added 13. Comment.

Former Francis Lewis star loses leg in car crash

Former Francis Lewis high school basketball star Lisa Williams was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Christmas Eve in the Atlanta area. Comment.

Brown carries St. John

Dickerson leads Van Buren to win

After the first half of a critical basketball game against Bayside Friday afternoon, Van Buren senior guard Greg Dickerson had yet to score a point. VeeBees head coach Perry Dortch was not concerned. Comment.

SJU storms past Huskies

The Civic Scene: As crime is dropping, so is quality of life

Yes, I am pleased that the recently released statistics show that crime had dropped in the 107th Precinct for 1999. I do, however, seem to notice a concurrent increase in quality of life problems. Some of these could even be classified as crimes. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Brother Jack

Jack, the oldest of my family's eight children, was our surrogate father while Pop was away working three jobs to support us all. He recently invited his brothers and sisters to join him and his wife, Eve, at Kutsher's (a hotel in the Catskill Mountains) to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. Jack chose the weekend of Jan. 8-9 for the affair. At the time of the invitation, my football Giants were still in contention for a playoff spot and the first game could have been scheduled for that weekend. Comment.

Our History: Breathing excitement into National Archives

With all the recent publicity engendered by the millennium and the retrieval of time capsules, I was amazed to discover that our National Archives collection, as an entity, is only 66 years old, having been established in 1934. Today, in a short span of time, technology grants us access to this storehouse of history via the Web, a different experience by far from that of early scholars and historians. Comment.

Editorial: The lesson learned from Rudy Crew

Rudy Crew is a decent man who brought to the job of schools chancellor an unquestioned commitment to raising the standards of the city's public schools. Crew targeted failing schools and was determined to end social promotion and raise math and reading scores. But, in the end, Crew was unable to overcome the obstacles inherent at 110 Livingston St. Comment.

Editorial: Radical change required

There is no service provided by government more important than public education and no aspect of government over which the public has less control. Under the current system, there is no one who can be held accountable for the quality of our public schools. This has to change. Comment.

Laundromat reopens in midst of sewer project

Like new leaves in an early spring, businesses along 48th Avenue west of Bell Boulevard in Bayside are slowly coming back to life following the near completion of a sewer project by the city Department of Design and Construction that started in December 1998. Comment.

Astoria couple die in fire at their home

An Astoria couple died and their 23-year-old daughter was seriously injured in an electrical fire that ripped through their home early Friday morning, authorities said. Comment.

Police shots kill man in Astoria

An emotionally disturbed Astoria man was shot to death Monday by police after stabbing his mother with a 15-inch hunting knife in their basement apartment on 32nd Street, authorities said. Comment.

Astoria a haven for Bangladeshi community

The lush hills and dense woods of northeastern Bangladesh may be a world removed from the sidewalks and subways of Astoria, but for thousands of Bangladeshi immigrants, it is Astoria they now call home. Comment.

Panel OKs Staples, not school

Community Board 5 threw its weight behind a proposed Staples store in Maspeth last week, voting against a new elementary school competing for the same site. Comment.

Queens couple founds autism support group

The day Andrew Baumann and his wife Pamela learned their 3-year-old son had autism was a day that changed their lives forever. Comment.

Bayside pub plans benefit for Irish asylum seekers

It may have been nearly 12 years since Malachy McAllister and his family fled their native Northern Ireland, but the memory of a violent attack that left their Belfast home riddled with bullets and almost killed their four children is still fresh in their minds. Comment.

Rego Park men duped contractors: DA

Two Rego Park residents were arrested last week on charges that they falsely represented themselves as engineers and architects to contractors of at least five construction projects in Richmond Hill, Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Forest Hills civic leader, first CB 6 chairman dies

As they mourn the loss of a close friend and devoted civic leader, Forest Hills residents will remember Joseph DeVoy, who died Jan. 7 at age 74, as a staunch fighter for everything the Forest Hills community cared for. Comment.

Rochdale honors Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for what he stood for, the Rev. Al Sharpton told more than 900 people at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Rochdale Sunday evening. Comment.

Flu bug hits Queens, knocks out the boro

The flu bug is biting Queens residents hard this year and borough hospitals are feeling the strain. Comment.

Rochdale loses deliveries after dogs attack mailmen

Every time mailman James Grosso looks at the scar and tooth mark on his arm he is reminded of the incident on Nov. 13 when he was attacked by two dogs while inserting mail into a box on 119th Street in Rochdale. Comment.

Marriott hotel rising near JFK

Public officials and developers lauded the groundbreaking last week for a new Marriott Courtyard, the first new hotel to be built near Kennedy Airport in 15 years, as evidence of an economic resurgence in the area. Comment.

Padavan aids Queens Village Lifeline

Hidden behind a wrought-iron fence, surrounded by trees and sitting just across the street from the main Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital building is the Lifeline Center for Child Development, a non-profit day treatment center and special education school for seriously disturbed children. Comment.

Civilians at desks put cops on beat: Leffler

City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) called on the Giuliani administration to provide the necessary funds to increase the number of civilians working in the New York Police Department to free up more officers for street duty. Comment.

Boro DA, Internal Affairs probing 105th detectives

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the Police Department and the Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating the claim that four Queens detectives allegedly obstructed the investigation of a fatal car accident involving a detective in the 105th Police Precinct in Queens Village, said Detective Madelyne Galindo, a police spokeswoman. Comment.

Jackson Heights

Bell Park urged to organize

Community leaders in a Bellerose apartment complex whose children are split between schools in District 26 and District 29 urged residents at a Tuesday night meeting to exert pressure on District 26 to include the entire development within its borders. Comment.

The Community of Jackson Heights

Elmhurst

East from LIC is Elmhurst. Elmhurst is one of Queens' oldest towns, settled in 1652 by British colonists to replace a previous settlement at Maspeth that had been devastated by Indian raids. In 1898 when Queens became part of New York City, the name Elmhurst was adopted for the area because of the many elm trees in the vicinity. Comment.

The Community of Elmhurst

East from LIC is Elmhurst. Elmhurst is one of Queens' oldest towns, settled in 1652 by British colonists to replace a previous settlement at Maspeth that had been devastated by Indian raids. In 1898 when Queens became part of New York City, the name Elmhurst was adopted for the area because of the many elm trees in the vicinity. Comment.

Corona

The Community of Corona

Astoria and Long Island City

We shall sing the praises of Astoria as music has played a vital part of its history. Tony Bennett may have carelessly forgotten to pack his heart when he left San Francisco, but his voice has never been lost or left behind, it has stayed with him since his day of birth in this northwestern corner of Queens. Astoria, the neighborhood named after John Jacob Astor, actually constitutes the part of Long Island City north of Broadway (the Queens "Broadway," not the other one). Comment.

Sunnyside and Woodside

Lying within Long Island City, the area is named for a roadhouse built on Jackson Ave. to accommodate visitors to the Fashion Race Course in Corona during the 1850s and 1860s. The Queensboro Bridge opened in 1909 and from it was built Queens Blvd., which ran to the center of the borough through Sunnyside. According to historian Vincent Seyfried, "Sunnyside Gardens (1924-29), a complex of attached houses of two and half stories, with front and rear gardens and a landscaped central court, was one of the nations's first planned communities." Comment.

Boro wary of proposal to privatize building schools

A proposal by City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) to privatize school construction is getting mixed reviews in Queens, where school overcrowding has reached crisis proportions. Comment.

The Communities of Sunnyside and Woodside

Lying within Long Island City, the area is named for a roadhouse built on Jackson Ave. to accommodate visitors to the Fashion Race Course in Corona during the 1850s and 1860s. The Queensboro Bridge opened in 1909 and from it was built Queens Blvd., which ran to the center of the borough through Sunnyside. According to historian Vincent Seyfried, "Sunnyside Gardens (1924-29), a complex of attached houses of two and half stories, with front and rear gardens and a landscaped central court, was one of the nations's first planned communities." Comment.

Ridgewood and Glendale

Fresh Meadows cemetery focus of suit against city

The Fresh Meadows community is preparing for a legal battle with the city to preserve an 18th century burial site, the Brinckerhoff Cemetery, whose fate will be decided in State Supreme Court Feb. 1. Comment.

Middle Village and Maspeth

Named for its location at the midpoint of the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike (now Metropolitan Ave.) which opened in 1816 and ran from Bushwick Ave. to Jamaica. And, 1816 is the year Middle Village was established. In 1852 a Lutheran church bought several farms north and south of Metropolitan Ave. which were made into a large cemetery. Adding to the Lutheran cemetery, the Catholics laid out St. John's Cemetery east of 80th St. Comment.

The Communities of Middle Village and Maspeth

Named for its location at the midpoint of the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike (now Metropolitan Ave.) which opened in 1816 and ran from Bushwick Ave. to Jamaica. And, 1816 is the year Middle Village was established. In 1852 a Lutheran church bought several farms north and south of Metropolitan Ave. which were made into a large cemetery. Adding to the Lutheran cemetery, the Catholics laid out St. John's Cemetery east of 80th St. Comment.

Rego Park

The Community of Rego Park

Forest Hills and Kew Gardens

St. Albans

High cost of drugs plagues boro

Last fall Donald Schwarz, an 89-year-old Long Island City resident, wrote to his congressman, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), with a complaint about the $394.89 cost of a 100-tablet prescription for his 84-year-old wife. Comment.

The Community of St. Albans

Glen Oaks

South of Little Neck is Glen Oaks. The highest point in Queens is to be found in Glen Oaks, that is, if you can find it. It was the site of the Glen Oaks Golf Club. Glen Oaks is a residential neighborhood and also home to the Creedmore Psychiatric Center. Comment.

The Community of Glen Oaks

South of Little Neck is Glen Oaks. The highest point in Queens is to be found in Glen Oaks, that is, if you can find it. It was the site of the Glen Oaks Golf Club. Glen Oaks is a residential neighborhood and also home to the Creedmore Psychiatric Center. Comment.

Private bus lines keep Queens contracts

Despite complaints about dismal service the city is allowing four private bus companies from Queens to retain control of dozens of routes for at least another year. Comment.

Jamaica

City closes median at busy Auburndale crossing

By closing a median along Utopia Parkway, just north of the Auburndale intersection with 46th Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard, Grace Wasserman said the city Department of Transportation is making progress toward improving pedestrian and motorist safety at the hazardous crossroads. Comment.

The Community of Jamaica

Flushing

Oliver Allen writes in his book New York, New York: "So many Asians...have settled in Flushing that the subway line serving the area has come to be known as the Orient Express." Truth be told, that's the No. 7 line, and Queens Council on the Arts has a booklet in which you discover that each stop along the way offers tastes from various corners of the world. That turns the No. 7 into an "International Express," which in 1999 has been designated a National Millennium Trail by the White House. Comment.

The Community of Flushing

Oliver Allen writes in his book New York, New York: "So many Asians...have settled in Flushing that the subway line serving the area has come to be known as the Orient Express." Truth be told, that's the No. 7 line, and Queens Council on the Arts has a booklet in which you discover that each stop along the way offers tastes from various corners of the world. That turns the No. 7 into an "International Express," which in 1999 has been designated a National Millennium Trail by the White House. Comment.

Whitestone

The Community of Whitestone

College Point

The Community of College Point

Bayside

Bayside Comment.

Push underway to get Bell Park into District 26

Community leaders in a Bellerose apartment complex whose children are split between schools in District 26 and District 29 urged residents at a Tuesday night meeting to exert pressure on District 26 to include the entire development within its borders. Comment.

The Community of Bayside

Bayside Comment.

Dining Out: Jean’s Restaurant

188-36 Linden Blvd.St. Albans Comment.

Community Calendar

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Service meets on the first Thursday of the month, 8 p.m. at 133-50 41st Ave., Flushing. Call 357-6851. Comment.

City, Bayside civic in tussle over hoops

A Bayside Hills civic leader began fighting the city Department of Sanitation last week after several residents in the quiet community were warned by the agency last month to remove portable curbside basketball hoops from the streets in front of their homes. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment

"Murder for the Asking" Theatre A La Carte, 39-50 Douglaston Parkway, will be holding auditions Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. for its spring production to be staged March 31, running for three weekends. There are four male and three female roles. Please bring a monologue, if possible. For more information, call 776-6372. Comment.

Trinity Players hosts venue for playwrights

The best of off-Broadway could be found just off Broadway in Astoria Dec. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St., home to "First Night," an evening of staged readings of new plays in progress. Comment.

Romance writer to coach new scribes

When working on her first historical romance, writer Sylvia Baumgarten would often put pen to paper while stuck in traffic. Comment.

Review: Revival of ‘Angel Street’ at QTIP

High production values and strong performances elevated "Angel Street," a somewhat standard melodrama running through this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. From beginning to end, this confident revival made you feel very much transported in time and place. You can practically sense a London fog rolling in, enshrouding "Angel Street" in just the right amount of mystery. Comment.

Jean’s Restaurant: Good West Indian cuisine

188-36 Linden Blvd.St. Albans Comment.

Film critics visit AMMI

Many of the city's top film critics will be on hand at the American Museum of the Moving Image, Jan. 29 through Feb. 20, to introduce their favorite films of the 1990s, as participants in a new museum series, "The New York Film Critics Circle Looks at the 1990s." Comment.

Queens slide continues with loss to Molloy

Queens College has had its share of tough losses lately. A couple of points here and there and maybe they wouldn't be in the middle of a losing streak. Against Molloy on Monday, the losing continued as Queens fell to Molloy, 74-69, at the Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing. Poor decisions, turnovers, and the inability to make key free throws at critical junctures of the game cost Queens (3-10, 2-7 NYCAC) once again. Queens hung tough before eventually losing. The Knights pattern of inconsistency has resulted in eight consecutive losses, including six within the conference. Comment.

Lady Knights solid in 63-56 win over Molloy

Jerry Ingenito knows that when his team puts forth a great effort they can play with anyone. His team provided a vivid illustration of this on Monday night when the Queens College Lady Knights defeated Molloy at the Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing, 63-56. Although the Lady Knights went through some scoring droughts, they played aggressive defense the entire way and never wilted. The Lady Knights put forth a superb effort for the win. Comment.

St. Francis hockey topples Christ the King, 3-0

The St. Francis Prep hockey team won its third straight game and second consecutive shutout as the Terriers defeated Christ the King, 3-0,at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Comment.

New 111th commander up for task

A new commanding officer who is no stranger to northern Queens was assigned to the Bayside-based 111th Police Precinct last week following the retirement of Capt. Anthony Lubrano last month. Comment.

Freezing weather kills two people in Queens

The icy winds and frigid temperatures that bore down on Queens and the rest of the city this week claimed two lives - an elderly Astoria woman who was a patient at Flushing Hospital and a homeless man in Jamaica. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 17, 2000

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